NewsAlert: Nadal beats Thiem in straight sets for 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal in action against Diego Schwartzman

The Argentine has never beaten Nadal on clay.

World number 72 Cecchinato stunned Roland Garros on Tuesday by following up his surprise wins over top-10 seeds David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta with a breathtaking victory against 12-time major champion Djokovic.

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

"I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said.

There will be much to ponder though for Nadal and coach Carlos Moya as Schwartzman still looked capable of registering a first win against Nadal at the sixth attempt.

He appeared nearly overcome with emotion after reaching his first French Open semi-final since 2009, when he was beaten by eventual champion Roger Federer. He is 110-2 in all best-of-five matches on red clay. The two stars have combined to win the past six Slams.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep.

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Del Potro said resuming a match at 5-5 in a tiebreak with his serve to come had been a odd situation but his aim was true and he moved 6-5 ahead before his cagey backhand slice induced a poor forehand error by Cilic. "If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid".

The 11th-seeded Schwartzman appeared to have done his homework well as he dominated the early exchanges to bag the opening set - an achievement in itself as it was the first one Nadal had lost at Roland Garros since 2015. "I was 11 years old, watching in the TV and honestly never expected that one day I'd play the finals here".

His opponent Friday will be Juan Martin del Potro, who got choked up after waiting almost a decade to return to the final four in Paris - and dealing with three wrist operations in the interim.

Seventh seed Thiem is the first Austrian to make a final at the majors since Thomas Muster was champion in Paris in 1995.

Del Potro is set to play next Spain's Rafael Nadal, who beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

"I thought that after nine years I will play a different one, not Rafa or Roger", he added.

After del Potro served out his victory at love to get to his first semifinal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament since 2009, he sat in his changeover seat, chest heaving. Nadal racked up 18 winners in the fourth set to capture the match, ultimately overpowering Schwartzman. "When (Thiem) is dominating the point, he is very risky".

A 45-minute rain delay allowed Nadal to regroup, and it may have extinguished Schwartzman's fire as the Spaniard won three games in a row to put himself in a position to serve for the set - only to be thwarted with another downpour that halted proceedings on Wednesday.

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